A late night after party with only your closet friends after the music has shut down, the lights have dimmed and your heels are slung across the empty booth. The Bartender is among your posse and night cap cocktails are served. Neon lights from the bar and sparkling glitter shines across the empty dance floor. Sharing stories from just hours ago about the most epic party you've ever attended!
Welcome to the Party Revolution!!!!
When you have industry friends that encourage you to break your creative boundaries and promise to help you throw the craziest launch party for your baby of a brand, you say yes, yes and YES!!! The Forrest and J Revolution was filled with disco balls, custom crafted cocktails, playing dress up in couture, and a dream venue to showcase it all. The icing on the cake was having my best friend for the past 10 years and my Forrest support me (totally humor me) with being gorgeous models.
Here's some behind the scenes looks at how it all came to life. We definitely have a little fun through all the chaos, click on the video links to see it in action. Also, make sure to check out the feature on The Edit Blog over at Party with Lenzo. You can also find all of the after party images over on our portfolio page.
The biggest challenge was being a model in my own styled shoot. Trying to coordinate, style, direct, as well as pose was exhausting!! I have the biggest appreciation for models, and people there job is HARD! Sitting in the make up and hair chair gave me so much anxiety knowing I had so much to create. Thanks to Cristina and Brittany my makeup was flawless to run around in all day.
My incredible branding designer Corina Nika with Cocorrina inspired me to create something extremely edgy and unique. She gave me the ultimate branding package that was too cool not share. Her ecentric palm trees and original calligraphy was my jumping off point for this entire shoot and theme. I mean, how do you not totally obsess over her work
The before. This is what it all looks like before the magic happens. It's a lot of grit, labor, and hard work. This venue was challenging with street parking, and everything having to load up to the second floor. It took almost 1 1/2 to unload the truck before we could get started. This is the reality, but it's oh so worth it in the end. (And this is where your husband realizes he is now your hired labor for all eternity in this business!)
Meet the man behind the lense. Steve Cowell, with Steve Cowell Photo, was my rock for this big endeavor. We met at a Christmas party last year, and between the cocktails and gift wrapping we struck up a conversation. I love when you connect with a total stranger on a very personal note and it feels like you've been friends for years. Steve was the warm and fuzzy feeling of familiarity for me and I knew we had to work together. We met for coffee and discussed both our boring corporate pasts and how lucky we are to have found our passions - better late than never! My idea was, ideally, head shots for my website, but it kept evolving. Ideas started flowing and before we knew it, The Party Revolution was born.
This is my Hubby, and me, I'm her Wifey. Adrienne and I been this crazy friendship for 10 years. She was my first friend when I moved to Orange County and has been everything to me through so much good and even the regretful bads. When I realized I needed to model, I begged her to be by my side. She's the one girl that doesn't judge and makes me feel my most prettiest (if that's even a word). And, the girl can seriously pose with the best of them.
Gold disco or black disco...so many decisions.
Can we talk about the ulitimate girl party cake!!! Leave it to our favs over at Sweet and Saucy Shop to create the perfect center piece for Forrest and J.
Between all the late night snacks, and fuchsia colored cocktails, my models stole the show. You may recognize Amanda and Paige from our Boho Love Story Styled shoot earlier this year. These girls are a total blast and aren't scared to take down a frosted donut, or 2! (They can hang with us any day.) I have to shout out these custom cookies too! My girl over at Coast Cocktails, Carley, her aunt created these fun little bites that were too pretty to eat.
Oh hey Forrest! Looking as handsome as ever and such a good sport.
Carley, the sexiest bartender around! I met this rad girl over at Bloom the Workshop (along with my fab team over at a Boho Love Story). Carley is the owner of Coastal Cocktails and creates a bar scene that is truly surfer glam girl to the max! She was my goddess on set and put my mind at ease with taking over the bar and cocktail styling. You all have to check her out and what she has in the works. Her custom made cocktail caravan will be making it's debut all the way from Australia very soon. We can't wait to see all the fun she creates!
Yep, I made 100 pancakes and didn't eat a single one! Oh, styled shoot life.
Time for some crazy unique head shots! This plexi acrylic was a challenge to say the least. We originally had 2 screens we wanted to install, but they kept collapsing on each other (Forrest was having a minor meltdown while I was in hair and makeup). I've learned that nothing goes as planned and it always works as it should.
That's a wrap! Don't forget to check out the feature on Party with Lenzo and see more images in our portfolio section. (Did you click on all the Behind The Scene videos above?!) Can't wait for what next revolution we come up with next!
STYLING Forrest and J / ASSISTANT STYLING Raymond Roberts / PHOTOGRAPHY Steve Cowell Photography / VENUE The 1912 / CAKE Sweet and Saucy Shop / MILKSHAKES, COCKTAILS, BARTENDING + NAPKINS Carley Beimel with Coastal Cocktails / COOKIES Kimberly Dickerson / RENTALS Witty Rentals / FLORALS Meagan Vos with MV Florals / LASER CUT, ACRYLIC, DRINK STIRRERS + COASTERS Midnight Confetti / BRANDING, GRAPHIC IMAGES, LOGOS + BUSINESS CARDS Corina Nika / MAKEUP AND HAIR Cristina Luka-Loose + Brittany Norton / CLOTHING Asos, Nasty Gal, BNKR, Alice McCall, Dior + Mark Pomerantz / SHOES Manolo Blahnik, Sophia Webster, Christian Louboutin + Dior / JEWELLERY Parpala Jewelry / EYEWEAR Dior + Miu Miu / HANDBAGS Chanel + Dior / MODELS Amanda Patrick + Paige Bach
Behind the scene photos by Forrest and J
Professional Images by Steve Cowell Photo